Semester at SDSU: Choosing Classes

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Enrolling in SDSU Classes

Semester at SDSU students can add classes on a space-available basis after SDSU matriculated students have enrolled. Classes are added and dropped through an online enrollment system. Information on this system and the enrollment process will be given at Orientation.

Students are not permitted to enroll in classes that overlap in day or time, not even by one minute.

Special Sessions Business Courses: A modified procedure for adding Special Sessions will be available for students. Details will be provided at Orientation.

Classes open to Semester at SDSU students

You may choose from most of the classes listed in the current SDSU class schedule.

Current class schedules are posted two to three months before the start of classes. If not available, please refer to the previous fall semester for likely fall classes and the previous spring semester for likely spring classes. For example, refer to Spring 2021 for likely classes available in Spring 2022 (or Fall 2021 for Fall 2022).

You may:

  • Choose classes from one or more departments (all your courses do not need to be in the same department)
  • Choose classes from level 100-799 (see “Unavailable Courses” below for exceptions).
  • If a class has a prerequisite, you may need to provide the professor with proof that you have already completed an equivalent prerequisite. Proof can be in the form of an official transcript in English from your home university. You should also provide course descriptions in English to help professors understand the courses you have taken.
  • To take a graduate class (level 600 or above), you must provide proof of being a graduate student and/or proof that you have completed the appropriate prerequisites.
  • Take both graduate and undergraduate classes (graduate students only).
    • 500 level courses can be either graduate or undergraduate classes. Graduate students enrolling in 500 level courses should ask professor(s) for graduate-level work on first day of class.

Unavailable Courses

  • Classes not listed in the current class schedule: Not all classes listed in the SDSU General Catalog are offered every semester. If the class is not in the current class schedule, it is not offered that semester. Classes may also be canceled or added near the beginning of the semester.
  • Level 80-99, and 800 or above: These classes are Ph.D. doctoral and professional classes that are only open to students who have been accepted to the specific doctoral program.
  • Nursing classes: Only students fully admitted to the SDSU Nursing program may take these classes.
  • Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) classes.
  • Any Internship classes.
  • Classes that departments have declared are for majors/graduates only: If you are unsure, please contact a Semester at SDSU Advisor.
  • Classes that professors/departments have declared closed (regardless of spaces available on the class schedule).
  • Classes that do not have a schedule number assigned. Classes have no set meeting time and have “ARR” assigned (usually under “Location”). These are Special Study/Research courses and students usually have a pre-existing relationship with a professor to be recommended.
  • Classes that have time conflicts, meaning the classes meet on the same day at the same time.

Notes On Specific Departments for Semester at SDSU students

  • Psychology Depends on the course and the student’s background, graduate-level psychology courses are only offered to SDSU graduate students who are enrolled in the Psychology program. Graduate students from other departments/universities will need to get permission (1) from the graduate advisor in the Psychology department and (2) the instructor of the course. This is to ensure that students have the necessary background for the classes and available space in the class. Similar psychology courses may be found in the College of Education or Social Work departments.
  • ENS Sports Courses
    • Almost all sports courses have additional fees for equipment, and they are not part of the tuition.
    • The ARC or Mission Bay Aquatic Center handles the equipment fee payment.
    • Equipment fees are not included in the Semester at SDSU tuition fee.
    • You can change the grading option from “letter grades” to “credit/no credit” (pass/not pass).
    • Although you can change the grading option to credit/no credit, the course will still be shown in your official transcripts. It will not affect your overall GPA.